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Ex-BBC presenter now Groovy in Downham




A former radio host and DJ who has over two decades of experience has found a "new lease on life" after taking voluntary redundancy from the BBC during lockdown.

Sue Marchant, who would be memorable to listeners of BBC Radio Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, has set up Groovy Sue's, a stall that will grace the market square at Downham.

Sue has prompted customers to "unleash their inner ABBA", which is never a bad idea.

Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260351)
Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260351)

The concept of Groovy Sue's comes from Ms Marchant's love of all things "groovy" such as festival appropriate harem pants, essential oils and diffusers, all of which give Ms Marchant's stall an eclectic vibe.

She initially had women's clothes, but branched out after her customers asked for men's designs.

As well as clothing and scent based products Sue has a collection of unique bamboo furniture to spice up your interior.

Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260337)
Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260337)

Sue said: "I've got a new lease of life and freedom to be creative, something I didn't have before.

"I loved my job as a radio presenter and my time with the BBC but when they were looking for voluntary redundancies I took the chance and started this new venture.

"I'm 66, and for some, it's easy to define others by their age. I hate the term over 60, I'm not 'over' anything, I don't see my age as a limit. Society is keen to box you into an age group or a gender group, I don't subscribe to that at all.

Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260345)
Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260345)

"I still do radio from my home because it's something I love and acoustic music is my passion."

The host started her radio career in 1999 at a Fenland radio station called X-Cel, she then joined the ranks of the BBC.

She now does community raido, including a folk show for Radio Ely and hosting for Cambridge105 as well as travelling the East of England peddling her groovy wares.

Sue's stall can be found at Downham every other Saturday and also in Ely and Wyndomham.

Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260348)
Sue Marchant, Radio host and former BBC presenter has turned her hand to business during the pandemic CREDIT Sue Marchant Facebook (51260348)


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